Jan 19, 2013 6:00pm PST
coincide this year, but it is no coincidence today that president obama is invoking dr. king's legacy, calling on americans to do something for each other on a national day of service. the president is continuing a tradition he started before his first inauguration. on this national day of service, president obama led by example. he and the first lady volunteered at an elementary school honoring the life and legacy of dr. martin luther king just before -- just as he did before his first inauguration. >> it's a symbol of how our democracy works and how we peacefully transfer power. but it should also be an affirmation that we're all in this together. >> not far away, the vice president and a bunch of bidens helped to pack supply kits for members of the u.s. military. across the country, an estimated quarter million people did something to help someone else. there were clothing drives in manhattan, volunteers added a little life to the walls of a senior center, and as required by the constitution, president obama will take the oath at the white house tomorrow. then again monday in a gra
Jan 18, 2013 6:00pm PST
rebuilt every four years. but since a huge crowd full of hope saw the first obama swearing in, america has lowered its expectation. only 35% in the nbc news/"wall street journal" poll says the country is heading in the right direction. and president obama's new portrait, his approval stands at 62%. his likability at 61%. but only 29% say he's working effectively with congress. and today there's more 0 conflict. responding to the president's declaration that he won't negotiate over the debt ceiling, republicans backed down. they raised the borrowing limit but just for three months. and if democrats don't agree to a budget to spending cuts by april, they cut off lawmakers' paychecks. >> why should the american public pay elected officials if they don't do the fundamental job to pass the budget. >> reporter: since richard nixon resigned, second terms have had negative starts. >> it's been a long time since we've seen an effective second term. >> reporter: the bush 43 second term plagued by iraq and katarina and scandal and impeachment. the new obama term starts with a budget confrontation. i'